Here is a little tea party that was "real" but all set up by Amelia and Cecily, for Mom to enjoy with them.
I gave them permission, then they did all the preparation and "surprised" me. Amelia worked hard to write all of our names on a little sign for the party.
Real tea in real cups.
Leftover cookies from the previous day's church event make for a handy tea supplement.
I even let Amelia take a picture of me. We don hats for tea, if the mood strikes. This day the girls insisted on hats.
I happened upon this little tea party one afternoon. This is a "pretend" one.
My older boys would have a lot to say about this photo, if you asked them. They're not thrilled about Elijah tenderly "feeding" the baby. I think a little of this kind of play, done in the right way, is actually beneficial for him. He plays guns and cars a whole lot more often.
This adorable little tea set was a birthday present Amelia got from my mom and dad. The little antique extra pieces came from my mom as well. My mom is a lover of dishes.